The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)on Thursday announced a new partnership with Girls Who Code (GWC) to develop pathways for young women to pursue careers in cybersecurity and technology.

Through this partnership, the agency will seek to tackle diversity disparities by working to heighten the awareness of cybersecurity and technology careers, and working with employers to build tangible pathways for young women, especially young women of color, to get hands-on experience in the private sector, the non-profit sector, or government.

“One of my top priorities at CISA is to inspire more women and girls to pursue careers in cybersecurity and technology,” said CISA Director Jen Easterly. “The gender gap that exists in the cybersecurity workforce contributes to the overall cyber workforce shortage that persists in the United States and globally, which ultimately makes us less prepared to deal with the threats of today and tomorrow.”